OHIO: An Ohio House committee advances a bill that would start collecting ratepayer funding for a $1 billion power plant bailout law early next year but refund the money and impose a one-year delay. (Cleveland.com)

ALSO:
• Gov. Mike DeWine says he would sign legislation that delays the effects of the state’s nuclear plant bailout law for a year. (Toledo Blade)
• The leader of a 2019 petition drive in Columbus that sought to divert millions of city dollars to clean energy programs is indicted on multiple felony charges involving false campaign finance reports. (Columbus Dispatch)
• DeWine’s administration has begun reviewing candidates to fill two vacancies on the state’s Public Utilities Commission. (Cleveland.com)

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UTILITIES:
• Minnesota Power becomes the first utility in the state to reach a 50% renewable energy target. (Star Tribune)
• North Dakota regulators approve an interim rate increase for Montana-Dakota Utilities natural gas companies to help pay off gas infrastructure investments. (Bismarck Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• Questions remain over how Michigan’s Upper Peninsula would maintain propane supplies if Line 5 closes as state officials are yet to offer detailed plans. (Bridge Michigan)
• Michigan environmental groups see an ally in Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary, whose prior opposition to Line 5 could influence the direction of federal pipeline regulators. (Michigan Advance)

POLICY: A University of Michigan researcher says the selection of former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as energy secretary is “affirming, significant, and not surprising.” (Bridge Michigan)

SOLAR:
• A Harley-Davidson manufacturing facility in Wisconsin now has the largest rooftop solar installation in the state. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• Indiana utility NIPSCO signs a long-term agreement to purchase power from a 280 MW solar project in southwestern Indiana. (Solar Power World)
• A state agency is exploring plans to convert an abandoned gravel pit in northern Michigan into a large-scale solar project. (9&10 News)
• Early development has started on a southern Indiana solar project that will span up to 3,000 acres. (WEHT)
• The city of Carbondale, Illinois starts construction on three solar projects totaling 1.37 MW on publicly owned facilities. (KFVS)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Michigan officials release a second round of grant funding that will help build out 18 new electric vehicle fast-charging stations statewide. (MiBiz)

WIND: Some nearby residents raise concerns about a lack of information on a developer’s plan to repower 17 wind turbines in eastern Iowa. (Manchester Press)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy has been a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News since 2014, following four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He covers the state of Michigan and also compiles the Midwest Energy News daily email digest. Andy is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for the Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State.